It was certainly a unique and very enjoyable experience that I had the opportunity to be involved in last week.
We were treated to a ride on Little Blue Lake, a gorgeous body of water in a rural area about 10 miles south of Lake Wales, Fla.
And what made it so unique was that we were not on a boat, canoe, kayak or any water-going craft that you would normally think would navigate a lake.
Our cruise around the beautiful, crystal blue, very calm water was on a boat dock.
Shaped like a T, we were invited by our host, Greg Love, for a trip around the small lake in his back yard. It was almost like having your own boating area.
We walked on the dock and then were seated around a table with an awning that had four chairs.
Greg started the engine and away we went. It was almost like a pontoon boat but there were no pontoons. That’s how clear the water was.
A retired career military man, who flew helicopters, Greg now flies a chopper for the Polk County Sheriff’s Department and, of course, is a sheriff himself. A personable individual, Greg is a regular at one of Lake Wales’ most entertaining watering holes. He invited a group of us for lunch at his homestead on the lake and that’s when we took the cruise.
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It took a while but there was story in the local newspaper this week that Andrew McCutchen’s home town is now seriously considering a statue in his honor.
Fort Meade, which is in Polk County about 15 miles from Lake Wales, is the hometown of the Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder and the town fathers met to discuss the proposal. Another Fort Meade native, who is an award-winning sculptor, was brought in and will assist in master-minding the project. One of the city commissioners stated she was “pleased to see the city honor the 2005 Fort Meade High School graduate. He had put Fort Meade on the map.”
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In case you missed them, there are two events scheduled early in May that are newsworthy.
On May 1, three Indiana County Cub Scout Packs are joining forces to hold a countywide recruitment event at the picnic pavilion at the YMCA of Indiana County.
Pack 11 (IUP), Pack 29 (Calvary Presbyterian Church) and Pack 25 (Shelocta Community Presbyterian Church) will host the event that will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and all families with boys from K through 4 are invited.
There will be refreshments and activities for the boys and the packs will have information available for the parents.
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Also affiliated with the YMCA, the Big Hearts Little Hands Summer’s Best Two Weeks fundraiser will be held Friday at Graystone Presbyterian Church where a spaghetti dinner will be served from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
For more information call Shenika Washington at (724) 463-9622 or email atshenikawashington@ icymca.org.